I won't let wedding plans affect my game - Gordon
LEINSTER ace Gordon D'Arcy is determined to make the most of every second in 2012 -- both on and off the pitch.
Rugby star Gordon is planning his wedding to Dublin model Aoife Cogan while helping to drive his country and province to glory.
The loved-up couple are set to walk down the aisle this summer and the groom-to-be has admitted that he has been spending a lot of his time planning ahead.
Gordon (31) and Aoife (27) have been dating for over two years and he says he is looking forward to married life. "Aoife and I are planning our wedding right now, that's the big thing this year. I don't think about my game and the wedding at the same time, I make sure to keep them separate.
"But we take our dog out for a walk and have long chats about all our plans for the future. 2012 is a really important year for me. It's a really exciting time for both of us.
"And I'm in the latter stage of my career now. I'm probably only going to play for another two and a half to three years.
"So now that I know there is an end in sight I'm getting to enjoy everything. I could just panic about it but I'm making every second count now, whether that's on the field or enjoying my down time with Aoife," he explained.
Even though Gordon is preparing to move on from his days on the pitch, the Leinster star says he and Aoife won't be rushing into starting a family just yet, admitting that they have a lot more things that they want to do in life.
"We're both very young and I don't think we need to put it into a context of settling down really, we will be old long enough, we've got our whole lives to live yet," he said.
Meanwhile, the Wexford man admitted that no one will be able to replace Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll in the Six Nations this year.
Brian has been ruled out of the tournament after undergoing shoulder surgery.
"I don't even know how to describe Brian in words. Irish rugby has been built on his shoulders for a long time; he's been the foundation of the team for both Leinster and for Ireland. How do you replace the irreplaceable?
"They have to fill the void somehow; we just have to move on. If you worry about something like that then it will become a bigger problem than it is.
"You have to hand someone that number 13 jersey and they understand the magnitude of what they're taking. And they either grasp it with both hands and fill it or they don't," he said.
Gordon made the comments while promoting Puma's new sportswear range.
"I've been an ambassador for eight years now. I love Puma, it's quite cool. I love all the casual stuff. And I'm playing a little bit of golf now, and their golf shoes are the most comfortable I have ever worn," he said.